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Know your benefits
Know your benefits | February 4, 2016 >>
As a member of the UFT Welfare Fund, you and your eligible dependents can obtain an optical service once every two years.
Know your benefits | January 7, 2016 >>
Workers’ Compensation can provide valuable benefits if you are a paraprofessional, school nurse or occupational or physical therapist and have a work-related injury or occupational illness.
Know your benefits | December 3, 2015 >>
In-service UFT members have the protection of a short-term disability plan that can provide valuable income when personal illness renders them temporarily unable to work.
Know your benefits | November 5, 2015 >>
Are you pregnant or planning to start a family? You should know that you have the right to take a leave of absence at any time during your pregnancy with medical documentation or during your baby’s first years.
Know your benefits | October 1, 2015 >>
If you travel to work by public transportation, you can save money by taking part in the City of New York Commuter Benefits Program, which covers New York City and the tri-state area.
Know your benefits | September 10, 2015 >>
The UFT Welfare Fund provides dental benefits through three types of programs: the Scheduled Benefit Plan, which provides services through our panel or a dentist of your choice; Dentcare, a no-cost dental HMO; and the Florida Dental Discount Plan for year-round Florida residents.
Know your benefits | July 10, 2015 >>
Are you or a close family member struggling to cope with a health-related problem? The UFT has created social services to help that are free, strictly confidential and only a phone call away.
Know your benefits | June 4, 2015 >>
As we head into summer, some of you will be heading out of town or even out of the country. Just remember to take care of your maintenance prescription needs before you pack your bags!
Know your benefits | May 7, 2015 >>
Are you or a family member, because of a change of job or other life circumstance, going to lose your health insurance provided by the Department of Education and your UFT Welfare Fund benefits?
Know your benefits | April 2, 2015 >>
You work hard educating our city’s public school students — a job richer in rewards than dollars. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were discounts available for purchases related to your work, such as computers and software — and even for clothing, gym membership and entertainment? Well, there are!
Know your benefits | March 6, 2015 >>
Did you know that there’s a place to turn for support — both at and away from your work site — when tragedy strikes? It’s the Victim Support Program, co-sponsored by the UFT’s Safety and Health Department and the New York City Department of Education.
Know your benefits | May 15, 2014 >>
At one time or another, we all experience challenges in our personal or professional lives. MAP provides trained, professional counselors who can guide in-service members through short-term counseling, at no cost.
Know your benefits | December 19, 2013 >>
The UFT Welfare Fund provides a hearing aid benefit of $1,000. The benefit provides one hearing aid every three years (counted from the date of your last purchase).
Know your benefits | November 14, 2013 >>
Read on for some advice on how best to maximize your prescription drug benefit, whether you’re at a doctor’s visit or the pharmacy, or determining how best to order your maintenance medications.
Know your benefits | October 17, 2013 >>
All eligible in-service UFT members and their dependents have prescription drug coverage through the UFT Welfare Fund. There are no waiting periods for this coverage
Know your benefits | September 26, 2013 >>
Do you spend a lot out of pocket on child care or medical expenses? You may be able to save hundreds of dollars a year in taxes by enrolling in the city’s Flexible Spending Accounts Program.
Know your benefits | May 2, 2013 >>
Do you have plans to retire soon? If so, be aware that you must maintain your NYSUT membership as a retiree in order to continue participating in NYSUT Member Benefits-endorsed programs.
Know your benefits | April 11, 2013 >>
If you and your spouse or domestic partner are both UFT members, you don’t have to choose one or the other’s benefits — you have the benefit of both when it comes to certain Welfare Fund benefits. With special coordination of benefits, you can receive dental, optical, hearing aid and prescription drug benefits from each other’s coverage.
Know your benefits | February 28, 2013 >>
In the event of a member’s death, the UFT Welfare Fund provides a benefit that is payable on a decreasing scale to the beneficiary(ies) of in-service members. This benefit is in addition to any privately held insurance coverage the member may have.
Know your benefits | April 5, 2012 >>
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